March 29, 2010

Beautiful Struggle




My new t-shirt, courtesy of twoeightninetshirts and set to join my closet in a couple of weeks, says a lot about why I'm a fan of the Buffalo Bills:

1) I'm a masochist. That list of quarterbacks, post the great Jim Kelly, proves it.

2) The Bills are losers. I was born to cheer for them. They belong in Toronto, even if it means sharing them with Buffalo. After all, that city doesn't have much anything.

The t-shirt does bring back some fond memories -- Flutie Flakes!!1 Actually, that's about it. Other than that, it represents failure, heartache, and disappointment. To this day, I still wonder what Wade Phillips was thinking 10 years ago when he started Rob Johnson over Doug Flutie against the Tennessee Titans. As for the Music City Miracle, hadn't the Bills, and poor Buffalo, been through enough? More questions: what in God's name was I thinking when I bought that Drew Bledsoe jersey? Four quarterbacks were drafted in the first round in 2005, which one doesn't belong: Eli Manning, Philip Rivers, Ben Roethlisberger, or J.P. Losman?

But there's more to that t-shirt. It doesn't represent the past, no. It represents the struggle. Because the day will come when the name of another quarterback is added to that list who need not have his name crossed off with red ink.

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6 comments:

Steve G. said...

I have no clue who the Bills' starting quarterback is for this coming year. Is it still Trent Edwards? He has a great name for a Yale or Harvard blueblood, but it doesn't work as well for an NFL quarterback.

Scott said...

Good lord what a mess of third tier QB's on that shirt.

M.D. Milner said...

Flutie was pretty awesome in retrospect. I still think that if Ralph Wilson wasn't completely brain dead, they might have made a good run in 99.

R.J. said...

Flutie was great in his day. I miss him.

Zack said...

Four quarterbacks were drafted in the first round in 2005, which one doesn't belong: Eli Manning, Philip Rivers, Ben Roethlisberger, or J.P. Losman?

Well if you're talking about being around co-eds the answer is Roethlisberger.

eyebleaf said...

@ Steve: I think it's Trent. Which means it'll be another great season down in Buffalo.

@ Scott: Tell me about it.

@ Milner: I think Flutie's the only guy on that list who you could argue doesn't deserve the red line through his name.

@ R.J.: Indeed he was. It's too bad Wade Philips didn't agree.

@ Zack: ZING!!!!1